Global Skywatch

Ted’s essays

transporters

A set of synapses that were hyper-developed in my brain from a very early age have been clamoring for exercise of late. Sorry gear-shifter, heel-and-toe-er, steering-finesser, 4-wheel-drift-er, g-force-junkie and other parts, it simply isn’t your turn. I promise I’ll get you another if at all possible, but have to admit the best parts might just have to be memories. I would be hard-pressed to come up with something more fun than being helmeted, nomex-clad, 5-point-harness-secured in the above transporter turning laps at Sears Point or Laguna Seca in the course records we set for Class A at 2:10.32 or 1:57.94 respectively … though a few hours spent in that same conveyance on some dotted-lined curvy roads along the California coast […]

webmaster job

My offer to teach a Darby Adult Education class in March on “Build your own website” has turned into a contract to build one for somebody who cannot attend the days/times scheduled. It is a fun project. One that I can do without overtasking my injured back. It also exercises my creativity and some of my technological skills. Out with the old: http://www.rcorua.org/ In with the new: http://ravallioffroad.org/

Darby Dog Derby Day 1

As with all such things, SOMEBODY makes it happen. Meet Brandi, a scientist, mom, wife, homemaker and sled dog enthusiast. She wanted to practice and warm up for the racing season locally, looked around and found to her surprise, No races in the South Bitterroot. Brandi rolled up her sleeves. The Bitterroot Mushers have now made it happen for 7 years in a row. I’ll probably point you to some other pictures someday, but these are a few Missy took with her iPad that I liked. If you click on the thumbnails, they blow up to a viewable size. That top left one is Brandi in the 6-dog-team race running with only 5 dogs. Below it is a nice shot […]

am I obsolete?

Over on her blog, Claire Wolfe asked Do you sometimes feel obsolete? It inspired an extensive answer … I’ll share here. You might want to go read her post to better understand my response: Do you sometimes feel obsolete? — I designed my home of 20 years with wood heat as the only, but thoroughly adequate, choice. I’ll get wood heat as a backup/supplement in the cabin this year. However I love the programmable thermostat I put in before our first winter. It comes on at 0530 … inspiring me to stay in bed and possibly fall back to sleep when I undersleep, yet making noise and warming the house inviting me to get up at a reasonable hour. It […]

organic growing

Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here: Course Information Spring 2014 Signups are open until Wednesday the 22nd — Growing Without Pests AND Without Pesticides Chemical free gardening for organic food and ornamentals is no harder or more expensive than conventional growing. Remineralization by adding rock powder and oyster shell flour are important components, bringing the soil back up to the balance of trace elements the plants require to naturally resist pests on their own. The material fee covers cost of 15-pounds rock […]

build your own website

Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here: Course Information Spring 2014 Signups are open until Wednesday the 22nd — Easily Develop and Publish Your Website Easy to use, personalize and share, WordPress software makes building your own website accessable to non-technical people. You get to focus on publishing your words, pictures and designs. This course will take you from domain naming, buying, establishing, privatizing and building an easy-to-maintain website. Students will have to make an online purchase with their credit card for domain […]

learning Linux

Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here: Course Information Spring 2014 Signups are open until Wednesday the 22nd — Installing and Using Linux On Your Computer For beginning and advanced computer users, this class will begin by installing the most popular version of the Linux operating system on your portable or tablet computer. Linux can be installed beside Windows 7, ME and others (not Windows 8), allowing you the choice of your old Windows operating system or new Linux every time you start […]

Radio Communicating

Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here: Course Information Spring 2014 Signups are open until Wednesday the 22nd. Radio Communicating Options Handy in many situations, radio communications can be life saving when phones and Internet are down or out of reach. This 2-hour, one evening overview of radios covers walkie-talkies across the yard to ham radios around the world. What radios should you have for emergencies? What do they cost? What do they do? How can you be sure they will be available […]

post card from Conner

Our front yard this morning … The snow was still falling as I took these snapshots. You can just make out their white streaks on the dark background of the river. The temperature is up in the high 20s with no wind. It is quite pleasant out. Many of you know how calming, quiet and peaceful a new coat of snow makes the world. It makes any time and place more special … (I can almost hear my daughter responding, “Yeah, especially Hawaii”).

South Bitterroot upcoming radio events

Saturday, January 11, noon, BARC southern Ravalli group, sack lunch meeting, Darby Library meeting room. This is the first of our monthly meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Across the lawn from the library is Deb’s Restaurant where a take out lunch could be found if you don’t want to bring your own. Note: If the roads are mean, nasty, ugly and it’s so white you can’t tell the difference out your windshield between the sky, the sides of the road and the snow underneath – you know, if it isn’t safe to drive, you probably shouldn’t drive to this meeting. This may be the only face-to-face meeting giving us a chance to talk about radio’s role in […]

Darby Dog Derby

I’m very excited that I and my ham radio friends are going to be part of the dogsled and ski-jor races in less than two weeks. The Bitterroot Mushers have been running this set of races for 7 years. The January 18th and 19th weekend event, however, will be the first with radio communications around the course. The races start with teams heading out in two minute intervals. They run 100 yards across the parking lot where they disappear into the woods. Much later they reappear and race across the parking lot to the finish line. This leaves a large blank area for the spectators and fans. Enter amateur radio. We are going to scatter radio operators around the […]

luxury

I’m not sure what it symbolizes, but I got around to putting polish on my shoes today. There is something quite pleasing in having them all freshly waxed, sealed, coated and protected. It is somehow a form of wealth; money in the bank. Finding the time to clean and service my shoes is also a sign of balance in life. Dirty, cracking, neglected shoes are begging for help – nagging gently, but often, to be cared for. I’m glad I found the time and space in my life to do so. It is a good sign. I have moved beyond “crisis mode”.